Category Archives: OpinionAlerts

Magoffin’s rise, Lancashire’s flop: Richard Gibson

Steve Magoffin’s excellent debut for Sussex continued his extraordinary change of fortune since being dumped by Western Australia 12 months ago. The Queenslander took nine wickets in his first outing as the club’s overseas player but the prospect of such … Continue reading

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Rob Steen: Is KP England’s greatest batsman?

Some will deem it heresy, but as Kevin Pietersen basks in the glow of one of the game’s greatest match-turning innings, his 151 in Colombo, the question cannot be ducked for much longer: has England ever boasted a finer batsman? … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Heat is on England in Sri Lanka

The alarming tale of the Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on the field against Tottenham prompts two immediate thoughts. One, the memory of a cricketing colleague of mine who suffered a number of similar heart seizures and whose premature … Continue reading

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WG’s legacy, Sachin’s longevity: Richard Gibson

Gloucestershire are backing a scheme to re-open a disused local railway station in conjunction with their re-application for planning permission to redevelop their Nevil Road ground in Bristol. The Ashley Hill station, serving the community of Ashley Down, was last … Continue reading

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Why umpires are not getting younger: Andrew Hignell

The 2012 summer will be Martin Saggers’s first full season on the first-class umpires list. The former Kent, Durham and Essex seamer, who won three Test caps for England, joined the ECB’s reserve list in 2010 and after a couple … Continue reading

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Martin Johnson: The meerkat solution to watching England

A whitewash in the Test series, and a whitewash in the ODIs. Just what we all predicted for the winter showdown with Pakistan, and only a nitpicker or a pedant would be churlish enough to point out that the hacks … Continue reading

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Hart and Milner to support Anderson: Richard Gibson

Manchester City’s England footballers Joe Hart and James Milner have indulged their mutual love of cricket by agreeing to feature in James Anderson’s UK benefit year launch. The City duo are guests of honour at Old Trafford – cricket’s version … Continue reading

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Levi keeps big-hitting records tumbling: Andrew Hignell

The 2011-12 southern hemisphere season has seen some six-hitting records being established with Jesse Ryder, the hard-hitting Kiwi, and young South African Richard Levi each writing their names into the game’s record books with some explosive feats of batting. On … Continue reading

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John Emburey: Spinners can use DRS even more

If England have learned anything from the 3-0 defeat they suffered against Pakistan in the UAE Tests then it is that they simply must get their preparation right for the upcoming trip to Sri Lanka. I know that Graham Gooch, … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Experience the key one-day ingredient

If you doubt the value of experience in one-day international cricket, just look at England. They depended hugely on Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in their extraordinary 4-0 triumph in the one-day series. Not only had these two played a … Continue reading

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